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Assistant Professor, Biology

Apply now Job no: 504822
Work type: Instructional Faculty – Tenured/Tenure-Track
Location: San Francisco
Categories: Unit 3 - CFA - California Faculty Association, Tenured/Tenure-Track, Full Time, Faculty - Natural Sciences
Position Description

San Francisco State University, Department of Biology invites applicants for a tenure-track
Assistant Professor position in Health Equity Research beginning August 2022. We are especially
interested in qualified candidates with a demonstrated commitment -- through their research,
teaching, and service -- to the diversity and excellence of our academic community.
We are seeking a colleague conducting research in Health Equity (defined by the National
Academy of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine in 2017 as “the state in which everyone has
the opportunity to attain full health potential and no one is disadvantaged from achieving this
potential because of social position or any other socially defined circumstance”). In this broad
search, we welcome biologists using a transdisciplinary approach with the goal of improving
health equity. We seek health equity researchers who use a variety of approaches to study
human health disparities including microbiology, cell biology, and ecology, or that probe the
connections between people, animals, plants, and their environment. Specialization can include
a variety of topics and disciplines including but not limited to, urban ecology, climate change,
social justice, health disparities, environmental science, epidemiology, traditional ecological
knowledge, botany, and genetics as they pertain to One Health:
The Department of Biology is home to over 1600 undergraduates, 150 master’s students, and
40 tenure/tenure-track faculty. The department is proud of its reputation in actively engaging
students from diverse backgrounds in scientific discovery. The SEPAL resource center supports
teaching activities, the Health & Equity Research laboratory supports community-engaged,
transdisciplinary research within and outside of the department, the Sierra Nevada Field Station
(located in the Northern Sierra Nevada foothills) is dedicated to education and research
involving biological diversity, the Estuary and Ocean Science Center (located along the bay in
Tiburon, CA) enhances public engagement with marine science and focus on environmental
problems facing coastal communities, while multiple core facilities, including the Cell &
Molecular Imaging Center (CMIC), the Genomics/Transcriptomics Analysis Core (GTAC), the
Mass Spectrometry Facility, and the Electron Microscopy Facility are available to support
research. Over 100 of our undergraduate and graduate students are supported by several
training grants (MARC, RISE, Bridges) housed in the Student Enrichment Opportunities office.
Students in our department also benefit from the PINC (Promoting Inclusivity in Computing)
and GOLD programs (Graduate Opportunities for Learning Data Science) and SCIP (Science
Coding Immersion Program). Additionally, San Francisco State University houses the Health
Equity Institute and has partnerships involving the Center for Vulnerable Populations at UC San
Francisco, as well as the California Academy of Sciences.
The mission of San Francisco State University is to create and maintain an environment for
learning that promotes respect for and appreciation of scholarship, freedom, human diversity,
and the cultural mosaic of the City of San Francisco and the Bay Area; to promote excellence in
instruction and intellectual accomplishment; and to provide broadly accessible higher
education for residents of the region and state, as well as the nation and world. To fulfill its
mission, the University is committed to the following goals:
• Attracting, retaining and graduating a highly diverse student body
• Providing disciplinary and interdisciplinary liberal arts and professional education that is
academically rigorous and intellectually challenging
• Providing curricula that reflect all dimensions of human diversity, and that encourage
critical thinking and a commitment to social justice
• Recruiting, retaining and supporting a diverse faculty whose teaching demonstrates an
active engagement with their individual fields of study and whose creative and scholarly
work is an extension of the classroom, laboratory or studio
• Employing a staff and administration reflecting the diversity of our student community
and the values of the campus;
• Fostering a collegial and cooperative intellectual environment that includes recognition
and appreciation of differing viewpoints and promotes academic freedom within the
University community; and
• Serving the communities with which its students and faculty are engaged.
The position requires both graduate and undergraduate teaching in biology. Teaching
responsibilities could include co-developing and teaching a lower division General Education
course on the health inequities involving climate change or introduction to community-based
research, and participating in existing high enrollment courses. Possible high enrollment
courses can include Introductory Biology (Biol 230, Biol 240), Evolution (Bio 337), Genetics (Biol
355) and Health Disparities in Cancer – or other Health Equity topics (Biol 332). Teaching
responsibilities could also involve graduate seminars/courses related to the one’s expertise. In
addition, the successful candidate will be required to mentor and advise undergraduate and
master’s level students, to develop an active externally-funded research program in one’s area
of expertise, and to participate in committee and service assignments. A detailed position
description is available at
• Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree and post-doctoral experience in a biology or biology-related
field is required.
• Record of working and communicating effectively with colleagues and students
Preferred As our department is committed to broadening access to STEM careers, which aligns
with the department, college, and university missions for equity and inclusion, we seek
candidates with:
• Demonstrated ability to teach courses in the areas of Introductory Biology, and a
disciplinary specialty. Candidates should also be prepared to teach courses within their
area of expertise.
• Experience in teaching and mentoring of PEERs (Persons Excluded because of their
Ethnicity or Race) students in STEM, because San Francisco State University has one of
the most diverse student bodies in the U.S.; therefore, we value
• Demonstrated active record of research related to their specialty area and evidence of
external support or the potential for external funding of these activities.
• Demonstrated record of how they have already incorporated (or will incorporate)
inclusion, diversity, and social justice education in their courses and scholarship/creative
• Candidates should demonstrate experience teaching and working closely with students
from historically under-represented communities
• Candidates should demonstrate a record of contributing to supportive and collaborative
work environments
Rank and salary
Assistant Professor. Salary commensurate with qualifications and experience. The California
State University (CSU) provides generous health, retirement and other benefits.
Application Procedure
A complete online application must be submitted to receive consideration. To apply, please go
to begin the application process and upload the following materials:
1) a letter of intent (relating your experience to the required qualifications)
2) a current CV (please feel free to address the impact of COVID-19 on your productivity),
3) statement of teaching philosophy (1 – 3 pages),
4) a research statement (up to 4 pages),
5) a statement of anti-racism, inclusion and diversity (A statement of anti-racism, inclusion and
diversity that is a 1 - 3 pages that provides an understanding of your capabilities to address
diversity in support of SF State’s diverse student and community populations. The statement
should describe plans for creating an affirming and anti-racist environment for all students.
Please discuss how you have addressed anti-racism, inclusion and diversity in your teaching,
research, and service), and
6) names and contact information of three references who will provide letters of
recommendation upon request.
Submit all materials online to PageUp by October 15, 2021. Review of applications will start on
October 15, 2021, and will continue until the position is filled.
Please direct all questions about the position to: the chair of the Health Equity Search
Committee, Dr. Sally Pasion,
San Francisco State University is a member of the CSU system and serves a diverse student
body of 27,000 undergraduate and graduate students. The University seeks to promote
appreciation of scholarship, freedom and, human diversity through excellence in instruction
and intellectual accomplishment. San Francisco State University faculty are expected to be
effective teachers and demonstrate professional achievement and growth through research,
scholarship, and/or creative work. Our goal is to attract a world-class and diverse faculty
committed to building an equitable and inclusive educational environment.
San Francisco State is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer and does not
discriminate against persons on the basis of race, religion, color, ancestry, age, disability,
genetic information, gender, gender identity, gender expression, marital status, medical
condition, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, covered veteran status, or any other
protected status. We strongly encourage the application of individuals from historically
underrepresented groups. Reasonable accommodations will be provided for qualified
applicants with disabilities who self-disclose by contacting the Senior Human Resources
Manager. Additional information on the requirements for new hires may be found at the
Human Resources web page (
CSU requires faculty, staff, and students who are accessing campus facilities to be immunized against COVID-19 or declare a medical or religious exemption from doing so. Any candidates advanced in a currently open search process should be prepared to comply with this requirement. The systemwide policy can be found at and questions may be sent to

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